Salient Quips- From the Surgeon’s Lips

“Taken out of context- and without knowing the people in the discussion- the quotes themselves are intriguingly odd and non-sequitror.”

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Editor’s Note:

Over the past few weeks I have been collecting a few odd catch phrases or comments being tossed around during the course of open-heart surgery.

Taken out of context- and without knowing the people in the discussion- the quotes themselves are intriguingly odd and non-sequitror.   But they are appropriately funny or relevant in the moment- so I thought I would share some of them..

Feel free to leave a comment or two of the humorous or outrageous things that are bantered during the day @ your hospitals 🙂

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“He called me Che- ”

(as in Che Guevara- during some sort of Left v. Right in-depth discussion- IMA take down)

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“Can I Pull The Tubes?”

(Dr. V- when pulling out the aortic line.)

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“We have flow so we can sew”

(after placing a 2.5 shunt in the LAD on an opcab)

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“Are you gonna stick around to blow the circ?

(OpCab & CO2 flushing)

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“Flush her out!”

(Dr. V- asking for a hot shot)

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“If there’s an ounce of papavarine in the hospital… “

(on re-op while taking down the IMA- re; papavarine shortage)

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Perfusion:  “This music makes me want to shoot myself…”

Anesthesia:   “Turn it up !”

Band:  Trampled by Turtles

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“Blowers up- That’s all I really care about”

(middle of an aortic root repair)

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“Get out of him.”

(Come off bypass)

Marianne Pilger  Jan 24, 12:35 pm

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Seanne Azzolina said:January 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

I loved “get out of him”…reminds me of “the exorcist” (1973)…!!!

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Huhtikuuta Joan

Haha turn it up!” I think that scenario has occurred in my OR

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Harinder Singh Bedi

Burn me , nurse – asking her to touch the cautery to my forceps !!

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Thomas Mathew

There are several, “Touch me, sister” you tell the nurse when both your hands are holding forceps and she asks you “Where?

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Thomas Mathew

Sister says “Thomas, I think your pick up is gone.

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Jaipur Vascular

What would life be without humor in uniform

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10 thoughts on “Salient Quips- From the Surgeon’s Lips

  1. Funny perfusionist’s response,

    Surgeon: “Back up” (to come back on flows after transient low flows while cross clamping)

    Perfusionist: ” Yes sir backing up”

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